Vitamins are organic substances necessary for life. They are essential to the normal functioning of our bodies, and except for a few exceptions, cannot be made by our bodies.

Vitamins are necessary for growth and vitality. They are found in all natural foods. We must obtain vitamins from foods or dietary supplements. It is impossible to sustain life without all the essential vitamins.

Vitamins are not replacements for food. By themselves, they have no calories and should not be substituted for protein, fats, minerals, carbohydrates or other nutrients. You cannot stop eating, take vitamins and expect to be healthy.

Vitamins have hundreds of different functions. Some examples of what vitamins do:

  • energize our metabolism
  • regulate our metabolism
  • help form blood clots when we bleed
  • enable cell growth
  • help us see in color instead of black and white

What is a vitamin deficiency?

Vitamin deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the vitamin that it needs. Some deficiencies can be cured simply by eating foods that contains the vitamin that you need. Other deficiencies lead to diseases and conditions that are more difficult to treat.

What is a water-soluble vitamin?

A water-soluble vitamin is a vitamin that dissolves in water. Vitamin C and Vitamin B are water soluble vitamins. Water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body for long periods of time. Water-soluble vitamins travel through your body and the whatever your body doesn’t need, comes out in your urine. These kinds of vitamins need to be replaced daily.

What is a fat-soluble vitamin?

A fat-soluble vitamin is a vitamin that can be stored in the liver and fat tissues of your body until your body needs them. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in your body for up to six months.

Should you take vitamin supplements?

It is best to get your vitamins by eating organic, whole foods. However, if you believe you are not getting the vitamins you need, consider taking a vitamin. Before you start taking vitamins, consult with your doctor or a nutritionist. Sometimes you are consuming the vitamins that you need but your body is unable to absorb them. If this is the case, your doctor will run some tests and help you determine why you are not absorbing your vitamins.

Vitamin drip (vitamin IV treatments)

A vitamin drip is an IV cocktail treatment composed of different vitamins and minerals. It is not an FDA-approved medical treatment. Vitamin drips are often used by athletes and celebrities to treat a variety of conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety.  Heavy drinkers sometimes use them as a quick fix after nights of heavy drinking or partying. It can be beneficial to patients who are severely deficient in certain minerals or nutrients.

Vitamin drip treatments are usually not covered by insurance and can start at $135 per session. Doctors disagree about whethere the drip is beneficial. Limited research suggests the treatments work as more than a placebo effect, and it’s not clear if there are any long-term side effects. Other, clinically proven ways to get an energy boost is to focus on getting quality sleep, eating wisely, managing stress, managing relationships, and trying to find a job that’s aligned with your passions.